Events

EAST BAY

Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.mainecoonadoptions.com.

Free pet adoptions: All pet adoptions from the Tri-City Animal Shelter will be free to qualified and approved homes through Jan. 4. Adoptions include spay or neuter, a rabies vaccine and a microchip. (Pet license for Fremont residents not included.) Many of the pets have already been spayed or neutered and are ready to go to their new homes. To view available pets, go to www.petharbor.com and search for the Fremont Animal Shelter. Pictures of featured pets are also available at www.facebook.com/fremontpolicedepartment. Shelter hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 1950 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont.


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Holiday pet food drive: Animal Rescue Foundation will collect cat and dog food donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends, through Jan. 10, at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Food will be distributed to Contra Costa County families through the Salvation Army in Concord. Families in need of pet food assistance should contact the Salvation Army directly at 925-676-6180.

Volunteer at Lindsay Wildlife Museum: Learn about the volunteer opportunities at Lindsay Wildlife Museum, based on your interests. Each department -- animal encounters, wildlife rehabilitation and education, will share what they do and how you can join their team. For ages 18 and older. 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 7. 1931 First Ave.,

Walnut Creek. Free. 925-935-1978, http://wildlife-museum.org/cart/registration/3651.

Author event: Meet photographer and designer Kira Stackhouse when she visits Books Inc. Berkeley at 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Her book, "Project Dog: A Celebration of Dogs," features photographs of Bay Area dogs with text by their owners. Stackhouse will also be offering free dog portraits from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net/event/2014/01/13/month/all/all/1.

"Taking Tiny Pictures": Not a photography class, but a chance to focus up close on details in nature. Bring any camera with a macro setting, even your phone. 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and Jan. 19. Meet at the end of Lone Oak Road in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: An adoption fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11-12, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Adopters must be approved in advance. Visit www.mainecoonadoptions.com to see adoptable cats and kittens and fill out an adoption application. 510-710-9250.

Adopt A Rescued Rabbit: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue and Contra Costa County Animal Services will have rescued rabbits available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, (through Jan. 11), at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez and also from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, (through Jan. 18), at PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Bring your spayed or neutered rabbit in for free nail trims, grooming and socializing. See currently available rabbits at www.ccasd.org; www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.

ARF Pet Loss Support Group: Meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14, at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. www.arf.net/people-programs/pet-loss-support.

Bugging Out in the Delta: Delve into the world of wetland bugs. Get your hands wet and muddy while finding out what these little creatures can tell about the Delta's ecosystem. 2-3 p.m. Jan. 18. Big Break Visitor Center, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Camp: Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and animals through crafts, games, animal visits and more. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20. ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. $75. 925-296-3152, youth@arf.net.

Snakes: Study the differences and similarities of reptiles to humans, meet a snake face to face and create a snake craft to take home. For ages 5 and older. 1-1:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Coyote Hills, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Foster Orientation: Get information on fostering dogs or cats, kittens or puppies. 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 25. ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. www.eventbrite.com/o/arf-foster-program-2892763585.

Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.

Loma Vista Farm: Field trips and tours are available for schools, day cares, garden clubs, senior centers and other groups, Monday through Friday throughout the spring and summer. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.

Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.

Fish Feeding Time: Watch Bay aquarium creatures like crabs, flounder, perch, pipefish and more while they eat. Learn what it takes for them to survive. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, through December. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Delta Discoveries: Drop by Big Break Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in January and February and learn about the wonders of the Delta through arts and crafts activities. 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 510-544-3050, bigbreakvisit@ebparks.org.

Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or email kcolbert@ebparks.org.

Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave. http://valleyhumane.org/programs/animeals.

SOUTH BAY

Bay Area Amazing Pet Expos: With more than 165 pet friendly vendors, live demos, low cost vaccinations, discounts on pet products and a special appearance by Shorty Rossi and his pit bull Hercules, from Animal Planet's "Pit Boss." 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 11. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road. Free. 800-977-3609.

"The Paw Project": This documentary follows the story of a veterinarian and her grass roots movement to protect felines from the cruelty of declawing. A screening of the film will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, at San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. For tickets, email Pierluigi.Oliverio@sanjoseca.gov. For information about the Paw Project, visit www.pawproject.org.

Fishing in the City: Learn to fish clinics teach the basics of fishing to children and adolescents ages 5-15. Equipment and tackle are provided. There is no charge for the clinics but there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring two children; a driver's license is required for a rod loan. For information, email erotman@dfg.ca.gov.

Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.

NORTH BAY

International Dog Show: See all breeds of dogs at this two-day conformation style dog show. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 11-12. Hall of Flowers, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 503-316-9860, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.

SAN FRANCISCO

Ocean Beach Cleanup: Help clean up plastic debris that can choke and strangle marine life. Supplies and refreshments provided. Heavy rain cancels. Noon Jan. 25. Meet on Ocean Beach at the end of Noriega. Free. 415-225-3830, www.sfns.org, jkodiak@earthlink.net.

Puppy Social: Let your puppy (6 months or younger) blow off some steam while learning proper behaviors and socializing with other puppies. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. K9 Scrub Club, 1734 Church St. Free. Advance registration required. 415-648-2582, http://k9scrubclub.com/pages/puppy-social.

Haute Dog SF 3: Fashionable pooches will stroll the catwalk to showcase couture outfits designed by Bay Area interior designers with fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7. San Francisco Design Center, Galleria Atrium, 101 Henry Adams St. $35. 415-490-5800, www.hautedog14.eventbrite.com.

CFA All Breed Cat Show: With household pet and feline agility competitions, adoptable cats and kittens, cat toys, furniture, gifts, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 8-9. Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $3-$5. Proceeds benefit F.A.I.R.E, UC Davis FIP Research, The Humane Society, Forgotten Felines and Pets Lifeline. 707-538-1473, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.

Kennel Health Conference: Presented by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canine Companions for Independence. This conference is designed for veterinarians, veterinary professionals and animal facilities staff or anyone who is looking for the best alternatives to diagnose, prevent, and treat infectious diseases through good biosecurity practices, vaccination protocols, early detection systems, and aggressive therapeutic alternatives. Attendance and participation is open to organizations and individuals. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18. Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael. $35; lunch included. 800-295-4050, www.guidedogs.com/site/PageServer?pagename=news_events_kennelhealthconference.

AROUND THE STATE

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservations efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email ldieter@dfg.ca.gov. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.

Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

MOBILE ADOPTION SITES

Contra Costa County Animal Services

  • First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.

  • Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.

  • Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.

  • Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.

  • Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly's Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.

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    Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.

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    Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.

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    Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.

    Send animal related events to kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com.